The mission of Changeist is to build a community of diverse young people that utilize their personal agency to create a more just society.
Changeist convenes on Saturdays between January and July. Youth, ages 11-26, form diverse teams, serve a minimum of 100 hours, and complete team-based projects. Middle school-aged youth work through issues in monthly modules that incorporate interactive learning, active service projects, and individual and team reflection. During the final months of the program, our middle school teams work together to explore a topic of their choosing, developing service projects to address their issue. High school-aged youth are placed on teams that explore one issue in great depth throughout the year. During the final six weeks of the high school program, teams partner with local community organizations to complete capacity building projects. These externships provide more experiential, in-depth learning opportunities for our older youth, while providing nonprofit partners with the resources needed to take on an additional project of need. College-aged youth lead teams of middle school and high school youth, supporting the building of an effective team and program-wide culture, while gaining professional skills in youth development.